3.29.2012

Hungry Girl!

I have received a ton of emails asking about my fitness routine & my health habits.

Last Thursday I did a post dedicated to my work out routine.
I never expected to get so much positive feedback - thank you guys so much :)

To follow up this week, I'm posting about...my "diet." Now hear me out.
I use the word diet VERY loosely. Because I don't consider myself to
be on a diet. I'm aware of what I eat. I am very big on eating controlled portion sizes
and treating yourself in moderation. I don't want to dread eating. But at the same time I don't want to gorge myself in a bunch of foods that make me feel like crap. I wouldn't call myself a health-freak as far as eating goes, but I would say that I am semi-health conscience about what I eat...

So basically what I do is this:

// Eat food that tastes good and is good for you.
// Small portions and eating more times a day is a good thing.
// Drink lots & lots of water.
// Try to follow the serving size listed on nutrition labels. Don't over do it.
// Don't keep stuff in the house that you don't want to eat.
// Don't completely cut out anything. Carbs & sugar in moderation, people!
// Use your brain :) Obviously grilled something is better than fried something. Just like whole grain is better than not whole grain. And one more...fruit & veggies are better than candy & chips ;)
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I did a little something to make this as easy as possible - I kept a food journal the last few days via photos. I showed Adam some of the pictures and he said, "Well at least you don't have to lie, because you eat like that all the time." Mission accomplished.

Little tip - if you want to hold yourself accountable, keep a food journal and write down every single thing you eat and drink. You'll think twice before grabbing a handful of this or that, because you won't want to write it down!

Before I share my food journal, I want to show you some stuff that I use on a daily basis.

one.
I drink a lot of coffee. A lot. I know it's bad but hey, everyone has their vice right?! ;)
Anyway whenever you see a cup of coffee pictured, this is what is in it: 2 tablespoons of 
sugar free caramel macchiato creamer by Nestle & 1 packet of Truvia natural sweetener.

two.
Every morning when I wake up, I write down what I'm planning to eat for each meal that day. So if I know I'm having a big dinner, I'll eat a smaller lunch and vice versa. This also helps me to stay on track and keeps me from just stuffing whatever I can find in the pantry in my mouth.

three.
These are the vitamins that I take everyday. 

four.
I make sure to drink 3 bottles full of water every day.
This one is cool, because you can keep track how many bottles you've drank that day.
It holds 20 ounces. I got it at Target :)

Here we go:

Sunday

Breakfast:
//Peanut butter banana smoothie
//Coffee
//Green Goodness drink by Bolthouse Farms 
(I use this every morning to take my vitamins)

Snack:
//Apple
//Granola bar
//Coffee

Lunch:
//Whole wheat pita pocket with tomato, onion (green & red), banana peppers, green, yellow & red peppers, and hummus spread on one side.
//Pickle on the side
//1 handful of those Sun Chips

Dessert:
(yes, I have a sweet tooth so I can't give up dessert haha!)
//2 tablespoons of each flavor of cool whip
(good alternative to ice cream)
//1 piece of Dove dark chocolate
(how can I pass these up? They have those cute little messages inside!)

Dinner:
//Pepperoni (Boar's Head) & cheese (I use cheese made with 2% milk)
//Southwestern-style omelet 
//Cappuccino from 7-11


Monday

Breakfast:
//Slice of whole wheat toast with 1 teaspoon of almond butter
//Green monster smoothie
//Coffee
//Green Goodness by Bolthouse Farms

Snack:
//Granola bar

Lunch:
// Nonfat vanilla yogurt with granola & a banana
//Whole grain pita chips with hummus & pico
//Coffee

Pre-Workout Snack:
//Whole wheat crackers with 2% cheese

Dinner:
//This cilantro-lime chicken recipe
//Glass of wine

Dessert:
//2 tablespoons of each flavor of cool whip
//Green tea


Tuesday

Breakfast:
//Special K cereal with almond milk
//Coffee
//Green Goodness drink by Bolthouse Farms

Lunch:
// Peanut butter banana smoothie
//Whole wheat crackers, pepperoni, 2% cheese

Snack:
//Coffee
//Granola bar

Dinner:
(At Grandma's house...she can cook!)
//Half of a piece of salmon
//Cauliflower rice
//Roasted veggies
//Squash au gratin 

Dessert:
//2 tablespoons of chocolate cool whip
//Handful of jellybeans

 Snack 2:
(Guess I was hungry haha)
//Pretzels with hummus & BBQ sauce (don't judge, I'm weird)
//Wine

Wednesday

Breakfast:
//Peanut butter banana smoothie
//Coffee
//Green Goodness drink by Bolthouse Farms

Snack:
//Granola bar

Lunch:
//Whole grain pita chips & pico
//Coffee

Dinner:
//Pita pizza
(It's like a Lunchable for adults ;))

Dessert:
//1 piece of Dove dark chocolate 


There you have it :)

Keep in mind - I don't cook a lot.
I live by myself and I find it hard to cook for 1.
Also know that on the weekends I do go out to eat. 
I still don't go crazy, though.

For example, Friday night I know I'm going out to dinner so I'll eat a light breakfast and lunch. Then I'll eat healthy Saturday all day. And Sundays Adam & I usually go out to eat so I'll splurge a little then.
It's okay to splurge in moderation...1-3 meals a week is my limit :)
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If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to send me an email!
Happy Thursday, lovelies!

25 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I loved your workout routine from last week, and I was looking forward to this post!

    I was wondering what exactly you put in your peanut butter, banana smoothie every morning?

    Thanks!

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  2. Hi, babe! I appreciate the amount of effort you put into that post! WOW! Nice work! I'm also a fan of kale chips, raw almonds, and a mixture of raw almond butter + honey + cinnamon!

    Happy Friday Eve, little sis!

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  3. thanks for sharing this! it is always nice to see other healthy ideas. i have been keeping a food journal this week as well, i definitely think it is helping!

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  4. What a cool post. I find it totally voyeuristic and fascinating to see exactly what someone else is eating apparently. Way to bring out the creepy in me ;)

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  5. Nice job on all your hard work Jess! I love that you put your camera to use in capturing your food journal. I bet if we all took a few minutes to snap a pic of the food we eat we'd think twice about what we're putting into our mouths! Thanks for the idea! :-)

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  6. You're the best for sharing this with us! And I totally agree with everything you've said...my weight loss journey totally changed when I realized that it all depended on portion control, not depriving myself of the things I wanted to eat!

    You're an inspiration, girlfriend. Thanks for helping a sister out :)

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  7. This is awesome - thanks for sharing! Maybe one day, I'll have abs like you :) I totally have a sweet tooth as well and this really makes me want some Dove chocolate! Happy Thursday Jessica :)

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  8. I need that water bottle that helps you keep track of how much you've had to drink!

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  9. oohhh all of this looks DELISH.
    I am jealous of your awesome snacking.

    I have made that chicken avocado salsa thing before and really it is to DIE FOOOORR.

    YAY for being all cute and healthy!

    xo

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  10. You are right you do drink a LOT of coffee!..lol I'm with you.

    I love that you have cool whip instead of ice-cream...genius!

    Thanks for the healthy snack ideas!

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  11. Awesome thanks for sharing! Do you have a recipe for the peanut butter banana smoothie?

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  12. SO refreshing to find someone else that understands "everything in moderation." I get so frustrated when people try to completely cut things out.

    Don't feel bad about the coffee...I drink just as much as you, if not more! It's just amazing :) We eat a lot of the same stuff! The yogurt/banana/granola is seriously my breakfast almost everyday. I want to check out those smoothies! And that cilantro-lime chicken looks heavenly! I love that you eat cool whip for dessert. That's my go to in the summer!

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  13. I LOVE this post! By the way, I'm planning to start some of your workout exercises TODAY. You inspire me to want to get in better shape!
    xoxo,
    Natasha

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  14. I'm impressed that you documented everything you ate! If people knew how much I ate and what they would wonder how I am so skinny, but it's the running/fast metabolism. I'm glad that you eat so healthy though!

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  15. I'm impressed that you documented everything you ate! If people knew how much I ate and what they would wonder how I am so skinny, but it's the running/fast metabolism. I'm glad that you eat so healthy though!

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  16. I LOVE this post! I also drink green smoothies, they're such a wonderful addition to anyones daily intake (and I love Bolthouse because there's a lot less sugar in it than alternatives).

    I am definitely going to try that chicken chipotle reciped, thank you for sharing :)

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  17. The salmon dish looks really good. Well,everything does! This post made me hungry,haha. Thanks,Jess. ;) Where do you find sugar free creamer,though? I can't seem to find it at Kroger or Walmart. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. And do you have a recipe for the PBB smoothie? Thank you so much for sharing!

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  18. Insipration to us all :) Thanks for giving great tips for snacks and loveeee your breakfast choices!!

    And I eat my popcorn with BBQ sauce... so no judging coming from herrrr with your pretzel snacking :)

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  19. I just started writing down what I've been eating too. Helps to keep us accountable!!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

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  20. Thanks so much for sharing! I always seem to be struggling with eating semi-healthy. I always love seeing what other people eat.

    I recently cutting out soda (for the 100th time) and so far so good. I am drinking flavored sparkling water and seems to satisfy my "fizz" fix :)

    Have a great weekend!

    <3 Jamie

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  21. I so need to try this, I used to write everything down, but that only lasted about a month.


    Tab
    my-cliffnotes.blogspot.com

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  22. I loved reading this...I think I'm going to finally have to give the Green Monster drink a try.

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  23. I loved this! Thanks for taking the time to put this together, Jessica! :) I'm definitely inspired to get some whole grain pita chips and pico..yum :)

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  24. Ummm Jess, can you come make my meals for me?? I am so impressed with you! And as for the coffee deal...for you to only put 1 sweetener packet in your coffee...it makes me look like I overdose on sugar/sweetener. :/ Haha!

    Love you lots!!!

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  25. Thanks for so many wonderful ideas. Most of these meals are doable for me. :)).

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